That slow hot pepper/eggplant flat is doing very well - as of today, the only no-shows are hot peppers Ancho (from 2008 saved seed), Fatalii (from 2006 saved seed) and Fish (a few years old, from Tomato Growers), and a cell of Cossack Pineapple (from 2009 saved seed). I am very pleased.
With regard to the flat of very old pepper seed (the wing and a prayer flat), nothing has emerged yet - but it is only day 5, and whatever does germinate will take its sweet time.
I will plant another flat today - the rest of the sweet peppers (which I detailed in my last entry - and instead of adding in tomatoes, I am going to fill it in with my experimental eggplant and a few hot and sweet peppers given to me by gardening friends. So aside from the 19 cells of sweet peppers, I am going to plant:
Eggplant - Neon saved seed from 2010 (one had a green main stem, the other purplish), Bed of Nails, Twilight Skinny fruit from last year, a Casper selection with an unusual green/lavender streaked fruit, Indonesian Pink Blush, Snow Globe (out of Cloud 9 hybrid), Bianca di Imola, Thai White Ribbed, Solanum Pyracantum, Lao White, Green Finger Striped, Striped Nigerian, and four other Casper selections from last year with variations on black or purple fruit.
Peppers - Habanero Dulce, PI 441654, Cap. Chacoense, PI 260478, Rossi saved hot, Franks, Trinidad Seasoning, Tobago Seasoning, Cowhorn, Bhut Jok., Golden Bullet, Trinidad Perfume, Chocolate Habanero and Zavary.
Next on the list will be flowers and herbs....and THEN tomatoes - next weekend!
Happy Sunday, and Happy Gardening, all!